August 16, 2014 2:23 pm
Updated: August 18, 2014 1:18 pm

Have your say on controversial proposed changes to Kalamalka Lake Park

Courtesy: www.env.gov.bc.ca

NORTH OKANAGAN — The government says it’s for safety but many in the public say the repercussions are far too great.

The Ministry of Environment wants to change the boundaries of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in the north Okanagan to build a 30-metre right of way around Cosens Bay Road.

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The proposal is a contentious one, with members from a local group, friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, speaking up in strong opposition to the changes. They say there’s no need to take public land away from the park and it could damage local wildlife habitats. Of particular concern is the grasslands habitat home to a number of rattlesnakes, which have dens very close to Cosens Bay Road. The group started an online petition urging the  ministry to withdraw the proposal. It has more than 750 signatures.

Now the government wants to hear what you have to say. It’s holding an open house on the project Wednesday, August 27, at the Prestige Hotel in Vernon. If you would like to attend, it gets underway between 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. in the Vernon/O’Keefe Salon room.

The ministry is in the process of applying to BC Parks for approval to change the park boundaries. Details on the boundary changes can be found at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/PBAProcess.

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